Japanese Grilled Chicken - Yakitori Don

    30 minutes

    A popular Japanese dish is grilled chicken - a marinade with ginger, garlic and the traditional Japanese sake and rice wine, mirin. The chicken could just be as easily cooked on the barbecue using the marinade throughout the cooking time.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 (1.5kg) whole chicken, cut into pieces
    • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 3 tablespoons white sugar
    • 150ml soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sake
    • 1/4 cup (60ml) mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
    • 2 tablespoons cooking oil

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Rinse chicken and pat dry. In a glass baking dish or bowl stir together the ginger, garlic, sugar, soy sauce, sake and mirin. Place the chicken into the mixture to marinate. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
    2. Heat oil in a large heavy frypan over medium-high heat. Place chicken pieces into the frypan skin-side down reserving marinade. Cook until light brown then flip and brown the other side.
    3. Drain the oil and pour the marinade into the frypan with the chicken. Cover, and reduce heat to low and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking, shaking the frypan occasionally, until marinade is evaporated. Serve hot with rice or noodles.


    The marinade doesn't have to just be used for chicken, but could also be used for red meats and fish.

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    Loved it! So good we choose to make it while in Japan! The authentic Yakatori joint is down the street and we're not sure we can tell a difference! We added pea pods and mushrooms as well as crushed sesame seeds. Yum! Yum! Yum! Thanks for posting the recipe! This is even a surprisingly easy to make!  -  03 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Great recipe... tastes exactly like the yakitori in Japan. You could also cut the chicken into small pieces (boneless, skinless) and after they are marinated place the pieceson skewers to BBQ. (This is how it is made and served by the street vendors in Japan) yummy.  -  04 Sep 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    You know, I cook a lot of asian food. Mosly japanese. This was actually quite delicious. I just made it last night and already my wife is asking for it again. i added a little sesame chile oil in place of some of the oil the recipe called for. Came out fantastic!  -  01 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)